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Re: Cats around Shingwedzi

Unread post by Grantmissy » Wed May 06, 2015 7:24 am

richardharris wrote:Its all up north!


:) The Northern part is a very special area of the Kruger National Park. We “go slow” there, relax and enjoy the peace and tranquility 8)
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Re: Cats around Shingwedzi

Unread post by Crested Val » Wed May 06, 2015 10:31 am

We once saw a beautiful leopard near the Shing causeway.

Also lions right near Shing camp on several occasions, and near Red Rocks.

Cheetah near Mopani, and also near Pafuri in the past.

Hope you are successful with the kitties Umar................but even if you are not, I am sure you will still enjoy your trip........the north is fabulous!!! :clap: :clap:

Make sure you check out the rarer antelope..........Roan, Tsessebe, Lichstenstein's Hartebeest!!!! :whistle:

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Re: Cats around Shingwedzi

Unread post by George_Brits » Wed May 06, 2015 10:41 am

I found cheetah a few times on the capricorn loop near Mopani

You have to include Redrocks and Kanniedood on your "to drive" list

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Re: Cats around Shingwedzi

Unread post by saraf » Wed May 06, 2015 12:12 pm

We've seen lions stalking buffalo on the far bank of the river across the S50, 4 lionesses on the main road by the Jaoa waterhole and a serval on the main road just north of the bridge.

Further afield, we've been more successful with cheetah in the north than in the central and southern areas, with the count standing at 10. These were mainly around the Punda Maria area though.
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Re: Cats around Shingwedzi

Unread post by jb72 » Thu May 07, 2015 2:04 pm

Elsa wrote:About 2 years ago after staying at Bataleur camp we were extremely lucky to have a double Leopard sighting on the S52 and then another Leopard just after joining the tar road all on the same morning! 8)
But really right place right time!


Elsa - you are not a man by any chance ? :roll: :twisted:
I had exactly the same sighting a couple of years ago, but I was in the car with a couple of gents. Forestgump does have an impressive pair of "moobs", but I don't think he goes by the name of Elsa.....

Jokes aside though - that is quite a coincidence.

I always find lion on the tar road north of Shing, and last year we watched a pride being chased around by a breeding herd of eles.

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Re: Cats around Shingwedzi

Unread post by Hippotragus » Thu May 07, 2015 2:51 pm

We have not seen many cats in the Shingwedzi area, but have seen some.

We had a fantastic brief leopard sighting all to ourselves on the Red Rocks road (S 52) and have also seen lions from that road. We also saw lions in the distance a short distance onto the Mphongolo Road (S 56). We have also seen lions on the main road going north and close to Punda Maria Camp.

All these sightings are months/years ago. Your best bet for recent information is to look at the sightings board in camp. Although the cats do move around, if they have recently made a kill, they sometimes stay in one place for a day or so.

Have a wonderful trip and I hope you see some cats!
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Re: Cats around Shingwedzi

Unread post by Elsa » Thu May 07, 2015 3:39 pm

jb72 wrote:Elsa - you are not a man by any chance ? :roll: :twisted:
Nooooo! :shock: :whistle:
Wonder if it was the same day or maybe there's more cats in the area than we think! 8)

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Re: Punda and shingwedzi sightings

Unread post by Lennie Senior » Tue Jun 09, 2015 2:07 pm

As can be seen, this thread died two years ago. I started it four years ago and think time has come to find out what is the latest sightings around these two fantastic camps. I am booked to be there in May 2016 and it would be nice to be charged up for this event ! Let us start immediately !

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Re: Punda and shingwedzi sightings

Unread post by saraf » Tue Jun 09, 2015 3:37 pm

Well I was in Shingwedzi in March this year. It was very quiet, sightings-wise, except for the elephants. At one point from the restaurant I could see 20 elephants. 2 small family groups and 9, yes 9, bulls.

We also had the most amazing sunset. I couldn't capture it on film but I think the colours - vivid oranges, reds and blacks - will stay in my memory for years. It was also a full moon so

We didn't stay at Punda this time but visited a couple of times and also spent time at Crooks Corner, Pafuri and Klopperfontein. All quiet except for the elephants.
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Re: Punda and shingwedzi sightings

Unread post by K-4S » Mon Aug 03, 2015 8:43 am

We were at Shingwedzi last weekend for a few nights and we had great sightings. :roll:

On the Sand road close to Bataleur we were privileged to spot two caracal in the road. We were the only ones there and we were able to watch them for about 10 mins before they moved off.

On the H1-7 late in the afternoon we spotted two leopard juveniles that were on the hunt. The smaller of the two took a bird out of a tree right next to the road. Was great to see. It always seems to happen that the best sightings occur at closing time!

Other things we saw in the area were
Hyena
Lots of Elephant
Buffalo
Pearl spotted owlet - Late afternoon at Babalala
Kudu
Waterbuck
Hippo
Nyala

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Re: Punda and shingwedzi sightings

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Re: Punda and shingwedzi sightings

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Re: Punda and shingwedzi sightings

Unread post by rodgerh » Wed Aug 05, 2015 3:55 pm

That pictures ontop of the lines was at Shingwedzi bridge,200m up North from the bridge,05/08/2015
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Re: Punda and shingwedzi sightings

Unread post by hilda » Thu Aug 06, 2015 6:37 am

Lovely sightings and pictures in this area! Thank you all for sharing! :clap: :clap:

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Re: Punda and shingwedzi sightings

Unread post by TornaDouw » Thu Aug 06, 2015 1:06 pm

We camped at Punda for four nights at the end of April/beginning of May this year and we had some great sightings.

On the Mahonie loop we saw Leopard on three separate occasions, twice on one game drive. We also saw four Cheetah near the H13-1/H1-8 intersection.


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